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Ford, Chevrolet models lead list of most-googled vehicles in the U.S.

Chevy and Ford trucks lead the list of vehicles searched for the most in the U.S

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The Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado are two of the top-selling vehicles in the I.S. So it's no surprise that they're the most-googled according to new data analysis by ValuePenguin.com. What may surprise you is where in the country buyers are most searching for the trucks and what else they're looking for.

Micheal Hoffman, the senior research analyst at ValuePenguin.com, and the lead researcher on this report said, "These findings provide a pulse on consumer demand trends in the U.S. auto industry, at a critical moment for the economy and auto manufacturers, following several years of record breaking vehicle sales."

Here are the most-googled vehicles in the U.S. right now.

Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

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According to ValuePenguin.com, "America's best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, took the top spot for online searches in 32 U.S states, and is among the top three most searched vehicles in 49 states. Regionally, the Ford F-150 captured the most consistent google search interest in the Midwest and South."

Ford will reveal its next-generation F-150 later this month. An all-electric version of the model is coming soon as well.

Chevrolet Silverado

2020 Chevrolet Silverado RealTree Edition

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ValuePenguin.com says, "The Chevy Silverado was not far behind the Ford F-150 in absolute search volume, and was the most searched for car in eight states - Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Interest in the Silverado spanned all regions and propelled it to the top three most searched cars in 42 states."

In the two years, Chevrolet has begun selling its new Silverado regular duty and Silverado HD pickup trucks. There's a 1500 RealTree Edition coming for 2021. Chevy recently announced that it's staring a Silverado desert racing program.

Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Civic was the third most searched vehicle in the country and the first in six states- California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The Honda civic is also the most searched car overall in the entire Northeast region, and the two most populous states in the country.

Toyota Tacoma

2020 Toyota Tacoma

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From the ValuePenguin.com team: "The Toyota Tacoma, which captured the most searches among all vehicles in Hawaii, Vermont and Washington was also the fourth most searched car in the United States. The Toyota Tacoma has been among the top-selling pickups in the U.S. for the past two decades."

The Tacoma has gotten a facelift and safety upgrades for 2020. It is also now being sold in Nightshade and Trail Special Edition models. Toyota recently confirmed that they're moving all Tacoma production out of the U.S. to Mexico.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Accord received more searches than any other vehicle in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia — the smallest areas surveyed in ValuePenguin's analysis. In all six states where the Honda Civic was the most searched vehicle, the Honda Accord was right behind in second place.

Honda hasn't changed the Accord much for the 2020 model year. Still, it's near the top of the list of best-selling car rankings for 2020.

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The EPA-certified range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has met Ford's expectations.

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Ford has announced the certification of its all-electric range numbers for its 2021 Mustang Mach-E variants by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The good news for Ford is that the numbers meet their publicly shared expectations.

The EPA-estimated ranges for each of the four models tested:

  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range RWD - 230 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range RWD - 300 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard-Range eAWD - 211 miles
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended-Range eAWD - 270 miles

"This validation by the EPA comes at a perfect time as the Mustang Mach-E is gearing up to take on the open road," said Darren Palmer, global director, Battery Electric Vehicles, Ford Motor Company.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Mustang Mach-E features a plusher interior than what you'll find in the Tesla Model Y. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There is one remaining model that is being tested. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 is anticipated to be rated at 300 miles of range by the EPA once officials complete their tests.

There are numerous factors that go into determining the range a vehicle gets in real world driving scenarios. Actual range of the vehicle varies with conditions such as external elements, climate control operations, presence of all-wheel drive, the weight of passengers and cargo, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium ion battery age, and the battery's state of health.

The top 300 miles of range is considerably better than most of the electric vehicles on the market today. The 2021 Audi E-Tronhas 222 mile of EPA-estimated range while the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV (259 miles) and 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles) have significantly more range. The 2021 Polestar 2 falls between those with 233 miles of range. The 2021 Tesla Model Y gets more - 326 miles - while the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets far less - 208 miles. The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has been certified to get 250 miles of rage.

The forthcoming Nissan Ariya's range has yet to be announced but is expected to rival the Mustang Mach-E.

Customer deliveries for the Mustang Mach-E will start in December in the United States.

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McLaren has chosen an easy-to-pronounce name for its new hybrid supercar - Artura.

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McLaren is about to mark the beginning of a new era in hybrid powertrain engineering. In the first half of 2021, its high-performance hybrid series production supercar will go on sale and we now know what it will be named.

The McLaren Artura builds on the legacy of the McLaren P1TM hybrid hypercar, which was unveiled in 2012, and the Speedtail Hyper-GT, which entered production this year and the fastest McLaren ever with a top speed of 250 mph.

"Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface – but it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.

Mclaren Artura The Artura badging sits on what is likely the rear of the car.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

It will be the first car to be built on the company's new platform architecture, which has been optimized for electrification. Design and engineering of the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture took place in the U.K. at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre.

Two photos released by the company show what is likely the back of the Artura, with a honeycomb design beneath the car's badging between two exhaust outlets.

The Artura will get a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine that combines with an electric motor. This will be the engine's debut. McLaren says that the engine retains the performance benefits of the company's larger V8s but has improved torque response at low engine speeds. The Artura can also run on all-electric power.

The weight of the hybrid engine system has been offset by the application of weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body, and powertrain. Ahead of a full product reveal, McLaren is touting the car's class-leading weight advantage.

The McLaren Artura is expected to be revealed soon. Pricing will likely be announced at that time.

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